My bolts arrived about a week ago. . .
And, even though I had a couple of other projects already started - that I was making myself finish before starting 'playing' with my new fabrics - I couldn't help opening every bolt & cut some sample pieces - so that I could really 'see' the designs in something bigger than the strike offs(!) . . & get scans of each one into my computer. . .
I had such fun.. . . (& squealed a few times too!)
One of the reasons for that is the history behind this line. You see, this is actually a line that has a history with Lecien. They have produced 'The Durham Collection' for several years. . . & it was this particular line - with it's sun-washed, vintage look that grabbed my attention several years ago - & introduced me to Lecien & their wonderful fabrics. . .
Then, last spring, just as the approval for the final strike-offs for my first line (Celebration) was given, & as they were just going to the mill for production. . . I got a call from Lecien & they asked if I would be interested in taking over the Durham Collection line. . .
Would I be interested?
Um, yes. . . Oh Yes!!!!. . . (I finally said after peeling myself off the ceiling. . . !)
. . . Then - I have to admit - I got really nervous. I had loved this line for years & I wanted to be sure to do it justice to the direction of the original lines. Their classic soft, vintage look. . . The look of fabrics that you would find on a treasured antique quilt. . . that had been wash & set out on the line outdoors to dry & have the colors to fade ever so softly. . . I wanted to be sure that the tradition of the Durham line be honored as well as be added to in subtle ways.
But, after hours & hours on the computer, playing with florals & images from vintage pieces I had collected. . . the newest Durham Collection came to be. This Durham line is also getting it's own special name as well. . . it is called,
'The Durham Collection - Anew'.
Sigh. Somebody pinch me.
Now, I know that this soft, sun-washed palette will not appeal to everyone - but I love it. . . & can't wait to make lot's of designs with it. . .!
So here it is. . . your special little peek!
(If you would like to see a little bigger version of this flyer - click here & you can see it on the website as well. . . (I'm not sure how big it will get by clicking on the flyer. . . but you can try that too.)
Lecien will be 'officially' be introducing the fabrics to quilt shops in Minneapolis, at Spring Quilt Market - so if you are a shop & are interested - please be sure to stop by the Lecien booth to see the line (& any of my new designs with it) &/or you can contact Lecien to see the line after Market!
So, there's what I've been working on. . . ! Hopefully soon there will be more peeks. . . of new projects using all these wonderful prints! (Just in time for spring & summer!)